January 29, 2008

Homemaking Inspiration

I was going to do a post on my cloth diapering system, but my camera is out of juice and I don't have anymore batteries for it. I had bought more diapers last summer and Sarah outgrew them quickly, but thanks to my favorite diapering board on babycenter.com, I got some suggestions on how to make them fit. (toddler size prefolds)

Today feels like Monday to me, since I was gone yesterday. Having 'no plan' is starting to catch up with me. I get frustrated easily because I can think of a lot of things that need to be done, but have a hard time prioritizing them. Plus I feel PMS surfacing, LOL.

So this morning I sat down and wrote out exactly what I was going to do, just this morning. I needed to catch up on laundry, dishes and general tidying up.

1. tidy living room
2. get children dressed, tidy bedrooms, strip sheets
3. put clean sheets on beds
4. switch out laundry
5. get the kids set up with activities while I do dishes
6. start a pot of chicken stock
7. plan out menu and grocery list
8. brush girls' hair (forgot earlier)
9. School
10. lunch time
11. make bread dough and tuna salad for dh's lunch tomorrow
12. Checked kombucha, done already! What's the deal? (I started it Thurs.)
13. Kids watched a video while I loaded dishwasher and got it going, then super cleaned my dish drainer

Sometimes though, I guess I get the 'homemaking blahs' and need some inspiration. You know what works for me? Reading the Little House on the Prairie series. Any part of any of the books will do, but my favorites are Little House in the Big Woods and The Long Winter. I don't think 'Ma' ever felt that she wasn't a necessary part of the family, or ever felt she wasn't doing something worthwhile. It was obvious that without her presence their life couldn't have been possible. She was submissive to her husband, a visionary man always dreaming of land in far off places. She hardly complained about their simple, hard life and the children pitched in to help. She always kept busy and always found something to do in the home. She didn't have any other friends or family most of the time, just her husband and children. There was no 'getting away' or 'girl time', and if anyone needed it, it would be Ma after being cooped in a cabin for months on end from the snow. And the big thing, they were happy with SO little material possessions. It makes me want to go through my house and get rid of everything but the essentials. I would love to be able to sit down with 'Ma' and have a long homemaking chat :)

They always devoted the morning hours to work, the afternoons to studying and sewing, the evenings for family and entertainment. (Pa and his fiddle or storytelling) Each day had it's own task, which most of us are familiar with:

Monday- wash day
Tuesday- ironing
Wednesday- mending
Thursday- churn
Friday- cleaning
Sunday- rest

Seems simple enough, but most of us don't have to spend a whole day ironing or mending since we have dryers and sewing machines now. Amazing how with all of our time saving equipment, we never have enough time. A big dream I've always had, is to live way out in the country and farm. I want to live in an old farmhouse with minimal conveniences (plumbing and electricity please) and be the capable farmwife that gets up before the crack of dawn to get that stove roaring and biscuits in the oven :) I want to can and preserve produce from my own garden, churn butter from fresh cream from my own cow, and collect eggs from our chickens. I want us to sit outside on a summer evening, hand churning ice cream and listen to the crickets. I want to make our quilts for our beds, knit our sweaters and mittens and have a huge clothesline.

Of course, this is all in my head, and when it came to reality it might not be all that great, but who knows. Was I born in the wrong time period? Nope...God wanted me here, now for His purpose, but it's fun to think about.


Jess said...

I love Little House books, my mother bought them for me for my birthday when I was very young.

I know what you mean. Sometimes I just want to get away and live on a big farm where I couldn't see anyone for miles and make my own butter, and do everything from scratch. We now have our own chickens which is really nice but that is as close to that dream as we have ever gotten. Well I guess I am now making my own bread and such.

I sometimes think I was born to late but you are right God put me here on this earth at the time that he knew was right.

prayzgod said...

There's no reason why you can't do some of that dream right where you're at. You are basically a Christian homesteader already, so enjoy it. :-P

I know what you mean about time. It's amazing how there never seems to be enough.

~I salute thee, or Crock Pot! You cook dinner while I scurry about, trying to keep things in order!~ :-P

Laura said...

Hi there! I have a little something for you at my blog, with your name on it - could you stop by when you get the chance?

Thanks! Blessings! :-)

MAMA said...

Hmmmmm sounds real nice but whaen I think about making so much I know I couldn't do it all! I only now feel like I have things more under control thanks to my new no fuss homemaking system ( I wrote an ebook about it) but to think to have to churn all my own butter and make my own quilts...I'd never have enough time! I think life was less complicated back then in some things such as they only had 2 dresses and stuff like that. So if you made one dress you had half your wardrobe finished:):):) But then there was sickness for which medicine was not easily available or what about when all the crop was devoured by bugs!!( I forgot what htey're called now) I mean every time period had real hardships! Just like now....the ever eluding time problem! I think what stands out to me most from those books is the wonderful attitude those hardships were taken in! Now that I can do today!!!!